Fuss Fridays: a fortnightly list of essentials
Say hello to Fuss Fridays! Inspired by Tim Ferriss, I'm sharing with you five essentials that I’ve been obsessing over.
This fortnight’s podcast is incredibly insightful, and although I’ve mentioned the goop podcast previously, I couldn’t help but share this one with you. Dr. Steven Gundry’s career as a cardiac surgeon took a surprising turn when he met a patient who reversed heart damage with food and supplements. This inspired Dr. Gundry to explore the power of nutrition and treat patients with autoimmune diseases by cutting out lectins (plant proteins).
He goes beyond what we have been told by health professionals to explain how white rice could be better than brown, and why we should consider cutting out the seeds and skin from our tomatoes. But hold on—I thought brown rice was healthier, and the skin is where all the nutrients are?! Well you’ll just have to listen here to find out. If you’re left with a few questions you aren’t alone—you can find his book here for some post podcast reads.
Miss Sloane. A timely watch given recent events—Jessica Chastain plays a cut-throat and highly sought-after lobbyist in Washington, D.C, named Elizabeth Sloane. When asked to help contest a bill that imposes regulations on firearms by appealing to the safety of females, she decides to leave her company and join a scrappy boutique firm that represents the backers of the law. She seems unbeatable, though, her determination to win makes her the target of powerful enemies that threaten her career and the people she cares for most.
Scott Belsky is a product obsessive executive, entrepreneur, author, and investor. He co-founded Behance (an online portfolio platform), serving as CEO until it was acquired by Adobe in 2012. He is currently Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and Venture Partner at Benchmark—a venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Scott has made impressive early stage investments in Pinterest, Sweetgreen, Outdoor Voices, Warby Parker, Uber, and Thrive Market (just to name a few). He supports mission-driven teams that value exceptional design and solve problems by connecting and empowering people. If you’re interested in learning more about Scott you can visit his website here or read his book, Making Ideas Happen.
The other night Ollie and I sat down and exchanged thoughts on a couple of The Minimalists’ Instagram posts. I had already read many of them but wanted to share a few of my favorites, one of which I have featured below. If you haven’t heard of The Minimalists, Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn have helped more than 20 million people live more meaningful lives with less through their blog, books, podcast, and film—which is how I was introduced to them. Their take on minimalism is skewed towards the extremist, though I appreciate and admire their perspective—I’ve discovered great joy in simple pleasures. Read one of their thought provoking instagram posts here. I've also included the trailer to their documentary, Minimalism below.
During the week I like to enjoy an all organic salad consisting of baby spinach, tomato, cucumber, carrot and one of the following cheeses; haloumi, feta, jarlsberg, or bocconcini. In addition to craving some variation in my lunch menu, I was feeling rather bloated and tender in my stomach yesterday… most likely due to the large amount of Ben & Jerry’s I had consumed the night before. I have developed a kind of intolerance to certain types of dairy over the past 2 years, and though some cheeses might be okay, other types of dairy including milk or cream is not a good idea. All that being considered, the most appropriate lunch option for me was something nutritious and of liquid form—which wouldn’t be difficult to digest, and that called for a green smoothie. Usually, I prefer to make my smoothies at home due to the organic ingredients I stock in my fridge, but it was lunchtime at work so I had no choice but to go down to the smoothie place around the corner and see what I could find. I ordered ‘The Green Cup’ without the dates—it seemed like it had enough greens to begin some sort of flow if you know what I mean…
The Green Cup: banana, kale, spinach, strawberries, mesquite, blueberries, chia, parsley, flax oil, spirulina, and coconut water.